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 Harper's
(1850-2005)

In 1817, two young brothers, James and John Harper, opened a small printing company in New York. Their two other brothers, Joseph and Fletcher, joined the company shortly thereafter, and by 1825 Harper & Brothers had become the largest book publisher in the United States. Having noticed the success in Britain of the London Daily News, Fletcher Harper launched Harper's New Monthly Magazine in June 1850, and it was so popular that in 1857 he also launched Harper's Weekly. Within 10 years the circulation of Harper's Weekly reached 200,000. An important feature of the Harper's publications was that they were heavily illustrated by engravings of high quality. The cartoonist Thomas Nast was recruited in 1862, and virtually invented political caricature (he also invented the donkey and elephant symbols for the Democratic and Republican parties, and designed our modern image of Santa Claus). By the late 1800's Harper's had won a high reputation for hiring the best artists and illustrators, including Frank Bellew, Charles Dana Gibson, Fred Repington, Howard Pyle, James Flagg and Maxfield Parrish. Over the years, numerous articles having to do with mining were published, and the illustrations from those articles retain their interest today. In 1900 the monthly changed its name to Harper's Monthly Magazine, and in 1913 became simply Harper's Magazine, It is still being published.

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The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Ocean Beach Mining at Gold Bluff Ocean Beach Mining at Gold Bluff
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Packing Earth at Carson's Packing Earth at Carson's
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - El Rastra El Rastra
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Interior of Tunnel Interior of Tunnel
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Ground Sluicing at Gold Hill Ground Sluicing at Gold Hill
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Cradle Rocking on the Stanislaus Cradle Rocking on the Stanislaus
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Fremont Hill and Vein, Mariposa Fremont Hill and Vein, Mariposa
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Flume on the Shady Creek Canal Flume on the Shady Creek Canal
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
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